Sports

Wed
15
Aug

Split Decision

Henryetta freshman Kasedi Gobin delivers a pitch to home plate during last Tuesday’s road game at Okmulgee. Gobin earned her second pitching win of 2018 this past Saturday in the Lady Knights’ narrow 5-4 win over Spiro at the Beggs Festival.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

BEGGS - The Henryetta Lady Knight fastpitch softball team earned a split decision in their two contests last Saturday at the annual Beggs Fastpitch Softball Festival.

The Lady Knights were originally scheduled to compete in a total of four games at the 2-day event, which got underway last Friday, but their meetings with Kansas and Red Oak were cancelled due to heavy rainfall in the Beggs area.

On Saturday, the Henryetta diamond squad returned to Beggs to battle Spiro and Tishomingo.

In Saturday's first festival game, the Lady Knights suffered their first loss of the 2018 campaign, dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to the Tishomingo Lady Indians.

Fri
10
Aug

Clean Slate

Henryetta sophomore Lexi Lollis scores the game’s first run in the top of the second of Tuesday’s county battle at Okmulgee.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

OKMULGEE - The Henryetta Lady Knights earned their second-straight shutout victory over an Okmulgee County opponent here on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Knights, who began their 2018 fastpitch season with a 13-0 win over the Preston Lady Pirates Monday in Preston, improved to 2-0 on the year with a 9-0, run-rule, decision over the host Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs.

For the second straight game, Henryetta head coach Ryan Swallow watched his starting pitcher toss a one-hit shutout.

On Monday, freshman Avery Miller allowed just one hit, while striking out three and walking none in four innings of work.

Wed
08
Aug

One-hit Wonder

Henryetta freshman Avery Miller delivers a pitch to home during Monday’s season opener against Preston. Miller tossed a 1-hit shut out in the Lady Knights’ 13-0 victory over the host Preston Lady Pirates. Miller struck out three in her 4-inning, complete-game, decision.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

PRESTON - Henryetta freshman pitcher Avery Miller had a memorable high school debut here Monday evening.

Miller tossed a 1-hit, complete-game, shutout against the host Preston Lady Pirates on Monday in the Lady Knights' 2018 fastpitch softball season opener. The freshman right-hander struck out three in her four-inning, complete-game, decision.

While Miller kept the Preston hitters in check in the circle, the Henryetta offense erupted for 13 runs on 13 hits in four innings, giving new head coach Ryan Swallow his first coaching win at HHS. Swallow comes to Henryetta after having success for several years at Beggs.

Fri
03
Aug

Road Warriors

Sophomore Lexi Lollis will be one of may returning starters for the Lady Knights in 2018. Lollis will begin her second year of high school softball Monday when Henryetta travels to Preston to battle the host Lady Pirates in the 2018 fastpitch softball season opener.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

Wed
01
Aug

5 Days and Counting

Morgan Britt is one of many returning starters for the Dewar Lady Dragon fastpitch softball team in 2018. The Lady Dragons will kick off their 2018 fastpitch softball season August 6 at Butner, taking on Butner and Wilson in a 3-team showdown.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

The 2018 fastpitch softball season will get underway in five days for the Dewar Lady Dragons.

The Lady Dragons will begin 2018 August 6 in Butner for a 3-way showdown with the Wilson Lady Tigers and the host Butner Lady Eagles.

Following the season opener, the Dewar diamond squad will travel to Graham the following day (August 7) for a meeting with the host Graham-Dustin Lady Chieftains.

The first home action for the Lady Dragon fastpitch softball team in 2018 will be August 9 with first-day action at the annual Dewar Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament. Tournament action will also take place August 10 and 11 at Al Kessel Field in Dewar.

Fri
20
Jul

HPS releases fall sports schedules

The Henryetta Golden Knight varsity football team will kick off their 2018 campaign August 31 at home against arch rival Morris.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

Senior Jenifer Denton and the Henryetta Lady Knight fastpitch softball team will begin their 2018 season August 6 at Preston.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

The fall sports schedules for Henryetta Public Schools were recently released for the 2018-19 school year.

The athletic programs in the Fall at HPS include fastpitch softball, football, and cross country for both high school and junior high.

The first fall sport program to kick off the 2018 season will be fastpitch softball, which will begin its 2018 campaign August 6 at Preston. The Lady Knight junior high squad will take the field against their county foes at 4:30 p.m. followed by the high school diamond team battling the host Preston Lady Pirates at 5:45 p.m.

Thu
19
Jul

Gold-Seeking Heat

The Henryetta Heat 14-Under softball team is competing at the USSSA National Championship tournament in Florida this week. The Heat is one of 18 teams battling this week for the USSSA crown. Prior to leaving for Florida, the Heat came away with the team championship July with the Jamming in July tournament July 7-8 in Bixby and went 6-1 at the 2-day event.

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By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

The Henryetta Heat 14-Under fastpitch softball team is currently spending the week soaking up the Florida sunshine.

No, the local tournament team is not on vacation.

The Heat are participating in the USSSA National Championships this week at the Preston Hood Athletic Center, trying to defeat 17 other talented teams for the honor of being a national champion.

The Henryetta diamond squad is the only Oklahoma-based team at the week-long event, as the other 17 teams are from Indiana (2), Louisiana (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (5), Kentucky (1), Missouri (2), Georgia (1), Maryland (1), and New Jersey (1).

Wed
11
Jul

Season ends for Roughnecks

The Henryetta Roughnecks 10 and Under baseball team saw their 2018 season come to a close last week with a pair of 1-run losses at the 2018 OK Kids Peewee Baseball Regional Tournament in Chandler. The Roughnecks, who are coached by Ryan Randleman, Dusty McElhannon, Dallas Johnson, J.R. Williams, and Ryan Morris, finished their 2018 season with a 42-8 record. Team members for the Roughnecks, are (not in order): Gavin Williams, William Perez, Boston Morris, Mavrix Randleman, Nakona Johnson, Jerome James, Steven Bender, Boston Graffman, Hunter McElhannon, Hunter Bowdler, and Trae Stidman.

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By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

The 2018 Little League season came to a close for the Henryetta Roughnecks 10-Under baseball team last Thursday evening.

The Roughnecks, who are coached by Ryan Randleman, Dusty McElhannon, Dallas Johnson, J.R. Williams, and Ryan Morris, dropped back-to-back one-run decisions last week at the 2018 OK Kids Peewee regional tournament in Chandler.

The Henryetta diamond squad suffered an 11-10 setback to the eventual regional champion, the Sulphur Bulldogs, last Monday in the opening round, then had their dreams of an OK Kids state tournament berth end with a 5-4 loss to the Washington Chiefs in an elimination game at the double-elimination tournament.

Wed
20
Jun

Gold Search

The Henryetta 10-Under Inferno softball team will be attending the OK Kids 10U State Softball Championship in Weatherford this Wednesday-Saturday.

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The Henryetta 8-Under Chaos softball team will be attending the OK Kids 8U State Softball Championship this Thursday-Saturday at the Jim Waller Sports Complex in Preston.

(COURTESY PHOTO)

By LARRY OWEN
Free-Lance Sports Editor

Thu
14
Jun

Knights edge rival Eagles

Henryetta senior Colten Wion (33) leaps high into the air to block a shot attempt by Morris’ Devin Warren during last Thursday’s summer league basketball game at Brock Memorial Gymnasium in Okmulgee.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

OKMULGEE - The Henryetta Golden Knights and Morris Eagles renewed their basketball rivalry this past Thursday at the Okmulgee Bulldog Summer Basketball League.

The 5-week summer basketball league, which is being held at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium, also features boys basketball teams from Okmulgee, Beggs, Preston, Dewar, Bristow, Kiefer, and Liberty (Mounds).

The county teams met three times during the 2017-18 season with Henryetta taking the season series 2-1. The first meeting last year came January 19 in the consolation finals of the annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Basketball Tournament with the Knights coming away with the victory, defeating the Eagles 76-70 in overtime.

The Eagles took the second meeting January 23 in Morris with a 59-40 decision.

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